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About the Author!

My name is not important but it is an unfortunate fact of human nature to associate the credibility of ideas with the person that has them.  This usually serves us well in helping us screen good and bad information and to add doubt where it may be needed.  I cannot fault that logic, however, it has also led to a high level of resistance to new or innovative ideas over the course of history.  That resistance has resulted in delays of years or decades from the initial discovery by some obscure scientist or thinker and the general recognition of the value of their idea.  It is unfortunate that nearly every great idea in science dates back to just such a humble beginning.     

My career began when I got drafted into the Navy after spending three years at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  I had done well but I screwed up during a summer session and lost my “S” deferment.  After three years of nearly non-stop technical schools in the Navy, I qualified for the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP) and they sent me to the University of New Mexico.  Between my GA. Tech, Navy and correspondence courses, I was given more than 280 credit hours toward various degrees but had to take additional courses to get any of them.  By carefully playing a game of class shuffle, I managed to stay at UNM for three years and left with four degrees – Math, Computer Science, Physics and Engineering.  Of course the Navy knew only about the last one.     

I did a lot of special sponsored courses in computer modeling of various energy projects and made a few findings that my professors took credit for.  I designed the currently used aircraft anti-collision system, I modeled a method of terrain mapping for navigation, I computed the ideal energy-conservation designs for numerous building materials – double and triple paned windows, wall insulation designs, injection foam, etc. and about 40 other similar projects.   

When I left, I was promoted to Lt. USN and told I could go to sea or go to the Navy’s Post Graduate School at Monterey, Calif.  Of course I went to PG school.  38 months later, I left with a Master’s in Operations Research and a PhD in simulation and modeling (dynamic systems and game theory).  I would have been out earlier but my thesis, which was classified (and still is), was one that they wanted me to complete.  It must have been liked because it got me a job at NRL and I wound up moving about 10 miles away.  I got a place right at the end of the airport runway (ug- what a lot of noise) but it was also right near the new golf course.    

I worked there for a few years on some modeling of weather but thought it was very limiting so I accepted an offer from a friend to move over to DARPA.  Here I was allowed to work in a number of areas on my own or on target projects.  I worked on C3I automation, simulation of various communications issues, autonomous weapons systems, robotics and artificial intelligence.  I was eventually given free reign to work on any pet project I had.  That was fun and I worked there for many years or it seemed like it.    So you see, I spent a lifetime in science and research – most of it in the military or as a government worker or contractor.  I often had the advantage of a virtually unlimited budget and very wide latitude on the range of my studies.  But my contribution was always taken for granted.  I was a paid employee and was named only as part of the “project team” or grouped as “contributors”.  This was true even when I worked on the project alone or was the principal investigator or design lead. 

Not getting credit for some design or device or mathematical analysis, especially when it was classified, was never a problem for me until I realized that being unknown meant that I was never peer reviewed for anything and therefore had little or no standing or credibility in the real world scientific community.   In some very closed and classified circles, I am known to have solved problems, refined designs and resolved problems but most of that will never be known by anyone outside of that closed group and, for the most part, they don’t care.   

I had always looked forward to the day that I could have stimulating dialog with fellow scientists about some of the great unknowns but I have found that happens only when the people you are talking to, think of you as being a “fellow scientists”.  If they don’t, then they dismiss your views as not having been vetted or having any credibility.  Attempts to break that wall have proved useless and I am never taken more seriously than the neighborhood high school science teacher.    My work was well received by DoD and I advanced in rank fairly fast with two deep selections one to Cdr.  That means I was promoted earlier than others of my year group.  In 1995, I was deep selected for Captain but told I had to stay in 3 more years to retire at that rank.  I spent 45 days leave mulling over that decision but finally decided to stay and get the extra retirement pay.  In those last three years, I made a lot of industry contacts since I was the PM for several acquisition hush-hush programs.  When I retired in 1998, I got a bunch of medals and commendations that, with a $1.00 would get me a cup of coffee.      

I did not work for others at first but instead began working at home on an investment analysis and prediction modeling program.  It is based on analysis of past patterns but it looks for a preselected level of confidence in the prediction of the future events.  I decided to use it to examine the whole Y2K event and even put up a web site called Profit2000.  Among the other predictions, which are no great feat, my program predicted the rise and fall of the price of gold.  I took my own advice and took out short options on gold before Dec 1999 and put options after and made a bundle.  I sold the predictive software to a Wall Street consulting firm that is still using it but they made me promise not to tell anyone.  They prefer to let everyone think they are brainy experts rather than telling everyone that their investment advice is simply a computer program.I got tired of that and started my own business modeling consulting agency. 

I created some unique computer modeling tools for virtual product development (VPD) and business risk assessments.  One of them is a neural-net BPR/ABC model that uses Monte Carlo analysis of critical variables to do a stochastic analysis of process flow and work flow.  This model automatically creates an optimum business process flow for a business.  I sold the company and several large government contracts I had won and finally really retired in 2005.     

I then moved to the mountains near New Denver, BC, CA.  Here I have built my dream house and am still adding on to it.  Most of the house is actually a cave that I expanded and fixed up but I have several berm and Earthship style outbuildings that blend in with the surroundings with living plants on most of the roofs.  With the abundant lake water to add to my wells and rain/snow melt water, I can afford to use a lot of water to feed plants inside and out.   I wanted to make use of some of my ideas on energy and building but I also did not want copycats or tourists coming to see what I have done.  From more than 100 feet away, it is hard to see most of my buildings and I have about 30,000 square feet of enclosed space.  I like that.    

I use geothermal heat pumps of my own design to do most of the heating and cooling – including keeping the snow off my walkways and driveways.  I use solar PVs to power most everything with some assist from a micro-hydro generator and a small 3 KW wind generator.  I also have my own designed solar thermal heater that gives me heat on any day with sunshine.  I cook up my own vehicle fuel and fly my own aircraft off the lake and dabble in some unique ultra-light designs.  One is an inflatable pontoon two-seater and the other is an ultra-light helo.  I have a huge barn in which I usually have dozens of science experiments going and a bank of top end PCs in a wireless network that blankets my entire property.  I use a yagi for satcomm and a parabolic to send a millimeter wave to cross the lake to link into the landline phones and a backup data link.    

All this gives me nearly total off-grid capability while also being able to keep in contact with anyone and anywhere.  My property is not easily accessible except by the lake and I have that well monitored and protected.  I like the isolation but I also have a place in Vermont and like traveling back and forth between these two retreats at different times of the year.  This may sound like I am a hermit that has given up on people and there are times that I feel like that but I actually have visitors that come up and stay in one of my cabins for up to several weeks at a time.  I allow them to come and go as they please mostly because the nearest cabin is about 200 feet from my house and cave.  I have a few friends within the scientific community that I keep in touch with and with whom I enjoy exchanging ideas.  Most are former military co-workers but a few are from academia and active duty and government agencies.  I just don’t have time to try to play political or social games with people that can’t be honest and forthright.    

This web site is mostly my effort to shout at the moon and let off some of my frustration.  Some of the articles are just for fun, some are serious and some date back two decades to when I was trying to break out of my government cubical by joining Mensa and getting some articles published.    I thought I was being careful but, I ended up getting pounced on by my bosses because I was still doing classified work and I was not to draw attention to myself or my work.      

As far as how you take these articles – I don’t care.  They are either true or not.  They are either of interest to you or not.    It should be obvious that some of them were written in fun but I challenge you to figure out which ones as I have backed-up almost everything with sound scientific evidence or at least a scientific basis.  After 50 years of hard core research and scientific analysis, experience and effort, they are presented here for MY pleasure and you can take it or leave it.      

What I will tell you is that MOST of these articles and MOST of what is in each and every article is absolute fact and many are completely true!    Really!       Take it or leave it!! 

My Inventions!

Independently developed designs, concepts, applications and inventions 

The following are my inventions.  These are real devices or ideas that have been created, designed, modeled and/or researched enough to know that they will function or perform as stated.  Over the past 25 years, I have tried numerous times to get someone interested in these ideas without success.  I have even written to several offices with the Department of Defense and Homeland Security offering some of these ideas for free – no strings attached.  Still no bites.  Anybody interested?

1.                  A rifle scope that can be used with long range sniper rifles such as the .50 Cal M82A1/2/3, AS50 and the M107.  The scope can be sighted in at 100 yards and remains sighted in out to 6,000 yards.

2.                  A rapidly deployed access/entry screening system that not only detects explosives, drugs and firearms while not impeding the flow of traffic, it also will automatically capture any suspect in which there is an alert from the detectors.

3.                  *A rapidly deployed foolproof identification system that allows issuance while not impeding the flow of traffic but cannot be copied, duplicated or spoofed.

4.                  *A battlefield activity detection system that will allow for completely passive detection and identification of equipment and people regardless of the type or method of camouflage used.  It can be deployed from an aircraft completely undetected and provides is information without any detectable emissions.

5.                  **A novel extension of current RFID technology to cost-effectively allow identification of the entire contents of ships, trucks, containers, pallets, boxes and crates with currently used and deployed technology.

6.                  A novel use of an in situ nationwide data network to deploy NBC detectors nationwide without the expense of building a new network.  System would require only minor changes in existing system and addition of NBC detectors.

7.                  *An automatic and computerized method to detect stress in airframes, buildings and ships before they become visible or cause structural weakness.  System is easy and cheap to deploy and would work as a warning or diagnostic tool.

8.                  **A relatively simple addition to the management of the Ready Reserve and National Guard forces that will provide an advanced national technology capability in response to emergencies or threats to our technological infrastructure.  This method will increase Reserve and Guard recruitment, improve our national response capability, significantly reduce our costs for high technology skills and improve employment on a national level.

9.                  *An improvement to sailboat hull design that significantly reduces weight, improves performance, increases speed and improves stability.

10.              An improvement in propeller design that allows for rapid adaptation from fast powerful and high speed thrust to quiet, no cavitation thrust and from forward to reverse while maintaining shaft speed in one direction.

11.              **A design and plan for the cost-effective deployment of a secure wireless computer networking on military bases in support of: (1) base-wide networking (to and within buildings that would otherwise be too expensive to wire into a network); (2) field training using computer aided training (CBT) and computer aided instruction (CAI); (3) base-wide facility management (inspections, work order requests, reports, supply, vehicle tracking, etc.) and (4) inexpensive and automated monitoring and physical security with motion-activated or event activated video/audio recording; (5) delivery of internet access to base housing and barracks.

12.              *A design and plan for the cost-effective deployment of a method to reduce the cost of the use of electricity on military bases.  Method applies the use of an “energy profile” against power rates to optimize loads and energy use.

13.              *Business and technical plan for the improvement of science and math teaching effectiveness in grade school and high school while offering the potential for improved recruiting, lower educational budgets and increased employment of retiring military members.

14.              **A design and plan for the implementation of a web-based mentoring system of retired and active military to provide advise, insights, information and moral support for junior active duty members and potential recruits.  Method is based on proven effectiveness in similar applications.

15.              **A design and plan for the improved analysis of the “Personnel Pipeline” from recruiting management, through training to force readiness.  Method uses a dynamic, real-time, 3-D graphical representation of data in an intuitive visual presentation that greatly improves demand and trend analysis.  Plan uses a highly sophisticated software designed for 3-D graphical representation of data that is already created, in use and owned by the US government.

16.              **A design and plan for the rapid sorting, categorization and improved analysis of the freeform text of intelligence reports from all sources.  Design allows for the immediate cross connection of multiple agency computer systems without regard for the processor, language, encryption or network protocols while allowing for greatly improved identification of trends, developing issues, pattern recognition of events and emphasis tracking and analysis of targets.  Method uses a combination of methods derived from document management systems and visual data representation for automatic pattern recognition.  It uses dynamic, real-time, 3-D graphical representation of freeform data in an intuitive visual presentation that greatly improves demand and trend analysis.  Plan uses a highly sophisticated software designed for 3-D graphical representation of data that is already created, in use and owned by the US government.

17.              A unique solar panel that is made from discarded parts of old appliances but will create enough heat to boil water with only about 2 sq feet of panel surface.  Entire solar heater system design will heat a garage without any externally added energy.

18.              Simple device to allow any cordless phone to be used as a remote computer modem creating an inexpensive ($20) home network without using NIC’s, hubs or routers.

19.              Design for a simple and inexpensive geo-thermal heating system that is totally passive (no externally added energy, no maintenance, no controls, no need for any attention, no moving parts) but will remove snow and ice from driveways, sidewalks and roads.  It also can be used to reduce (but not replace) home heating costs.

20.              New design for a clock that uses colors to relate time value in an intuitive analog manner that can be artistically matched to a décor’s color scheme while providing a novel modern version of a “grandfather clock”.

21.              Design for a device that will automatically “scan” and create detailed architectural drawings of old buildings, caves, tunnels, etc.  It will create a 3-D wire-frame and a fully surface texturized exact scale renderings from which accurate measurements can be taken (of the graphic model) that will be within .001” of the real surface.

* = Report, proposal or design            ** = PowerPoint presentation or software developed

Plato – The Birth of an Automated Research Tool

In the early 80’s, I was in Mensa and was trying to find some stimulating discussions of the outer limits of science.  I was an R&D manager for the Navy and was working for NRL in some very interesting but highly classified research.  I was careful to avoid any talk about my work but I really wanted to explore areas that I could talk about.  This was one of several attempts to do that.  I sent the message below to a young professor at Lawrence Livermore National Labs, who was running a Mensa discussion forum on ARPANET, in the hopes of getting something started.  He was working with artificial intelligence in math and robotic systems at the time.   

Remember, this was written in 1984.  The Apple Mac was one year old.  TCP/IP has just been introduced on ARPANET. Windows 1.0 was introduced in 1884 but I did not begin using it until version 3.1 came out.  The fastest processor was an Intel 286.  Most all software ran in DOS.  This message was originally sent via UUCP but I saved it as ascii text onto tapes and then later translated it to disks with the idea of someday writing a book, but I never did.   Enjoy….. 

Dennis,

This is my first contact with one of the Mensa discussion forums.    I found a few guys that were willing to talk to me but it seems I ticked off a lot of others by my lack of due respect for puzzles and my references to the “wing nuts and space cadets” that inhabit and comment on most of the Mensa forums.   🙂   I eventually formed my own forum, web site and discussion groups and a bunch of us proceeded to talk our way into a lot of business together. 

=====================================================================  September 9, 1984 

Hi.  I’m new to this board but I have an interest in the subjects you discuss.  I’d like to open a dialog with some of you about your ideas and what you are interested in and have analyzed or studied that may be interesting.  I’m no Mensa guru but I do like a mental challenge and the application of science but more importantly, I think there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom.  I seek the latter.   

Who am I: I guess what I need to do first is try to tell you who I am and perhaps try to establish a little credibility so that you won’t think I’m really am a National Enquirer writer or some wing nut with wild ideas.  Then I’ll present some simple but somewhat radical ideas to start with and see how it goes.  If there is any interest in going further, I’d love to get into some really heavy stuff about life, existence and the future.  I am particularly interested in discussing cosmology and the human animal, but that is for later.   

I’ve been developing a methodology for predicting events and narrowly defined aspects of certain subjects based on social and technical inputs from a vast information correlation program I use……But that should wait until I find out if anyone is even interested in this stuff. 

I have been working near the Washington DC area for a number of years.   I am a researcher that deals in analysis and logic.  I enjoy a mental challenge similar to what I perceive that many Mensa types like but I don’t enjoy the meaningless math puzzles or secret decoder ring stuff.  I prefer to ask or pursue the real mysteries of life and nature.   

I have a few technical degrees and have traveled and been schooled all over the world.  That was mostly a product of my parents being in the military and my early jobs.  I became interested in computers as soon as they came out.  I helped build an ALTAIR at the University of New Mexico’s engineering fair in 1971-2.  That was where the first “microcomputer” was created.  The Altair came a few months later.  It introduced me to computers but I immediately switched over to the software aspects of computers rather than become a hardware hacker.  I got an EE degree first, so I understand the hardware, I just think its secondary to getting the job done.  Then I got a CS degree and began to see the possibilities.  I did 40 credit hours of studies in computer simulations and loved it.  I was using math so much in my CS degree that I discovered that for one more semester, I could also get an BS in Applied Math – which I did.  Then I discovered that with just one more semester, I could get a degree in Physics so I did that too.  By then my parents were out of money and I had to get a job.  Ever since then I have been messing with computers. I was particularly fascinated by the speed of computers.  I won an award one time for being the only student that solved a particular math problem using an algorithm that would fit into 2K of RAM.  I did it simply by adding one to a variable and checking to see if that solved the equation ‑ if it didn’t I added one more.  It worked.  While working on one of the first OCR studies, I was captivated by the fact that the computer could find any text, no matter how much it had to search, in seconds that might take a person years to find.    That has been a driving force every since.   

 What is my Resource Tool? I liked software but I wanted to get to the things that I could see that a computer could do ‑ not spend my time writing code.  I became good at modifying and interfacing existing software to do what I wanted.  I found that this was much easier than writing my own code.  I got the original WordStar to talk to Visicalc and dBASE on an old CP/M Kaypro so that I could get automatic documents that self‑updated themselves.  That was fun but I wanted to apply the efforts more to real world applications.   

The programming was slow because I tend to think in pictures and I wanted the programming to think in pictures also.  I found a program that would reverse engineer a source code listing into a flow chart of the program.  It was crude but it worked.    I figured it would be even better if you could go the other way ‑ input a flowchart and get a compiler to write the code.     I bought a flow chart program and a Fortran compiler and made them talk to each other so that I could use the graphics of the flow chart program to create a chart of my program flow and then feed it into the compiler to get object code.   I have improved on it for the last several years so that I can input natural language variables and verbs and it interprets for me.  If it doesn’t understand some variable relationship and can’t figure it out by seeing it in context, it stops and asks me.  I now can spend most of my time Using a program instead of writing it.   

 CLICK! Necessity if the Mother of Innovation

The first real application of this program was when I became a player in the stock market and discovered it was easy to improve my investment decisions if I could get my hands on the right information.  The information was available, there was just no way to find it, link it and give it structure and purpose using the speed of the computer.  That was the start of my effort to create a better information search and retrieval system.   

 The Hardware + Software

In short, I created some special searching software that helps me find anything about anything and then it automatically identifies links, relationships and implications for me.  I know that sounds like a bunch of pie in the sky but it really isn’t all that hard to do.  There are, in fact several programs on the market now that do the same thing, only I did it first on a Radio Shack TRS‑80 in 1979.  Then again on an Apple II+ in 1983 and again in 1987 on a Mac and most recently on an MS‑DOS machine (from PC to XT to 286 and now a 386).   

My method has evolved over the years and now uses some fuzzy logic and thesaurus lookup techniques along with a smart indexing and interfacing to my CD‑ROM and hard disk databases.  I built it over several years in modular form as I added new hardware or new processing capabilities.  The flowchart compiler helped me move the code from one machine to another since the source code (the flow chart itself) remained essentially the same, only the compiler code changed.   I now have a mini‑LAN of four computers and it will pass tasks to other computers, in the form of macros, so I can get parallel searches going on several different information resources at the same time.    That also lets me proceed with the analysis while some slow peripheral, like the tape deck, is searching.   

 De Facto Credibility

This search software will also interface into script files for on‑line searches like IQUEST, DIALOG and about 270 others including several military and government databases and gateways (NTIS, DTIC, FEDLINK, etc.  ) that I have access to as a function of my job.  For the CompuServe Information System (CIS), the command structure that programs like TAPCIS uses makes it easy to initiate an on‑line search.  The slowest part of it is waiting for the on‑line responses from the dial‑up service that I am using but at work I can use some really fast lines on ARPANET. 

I also have access to a few foreign databases that are the equivalent of our UPI, AP and CIS’s IQUEST.  The European (based in Germany) databases have lots of technical data and the Japanese databases have collated worldwide news reports from about 30 nations.  I use some lines from Cable & Wireless that I am able to bill to my job.  The translation services allow me to issue a search in English and read the response in English but the data searched is in one of several languages.   I can get into a lot of this stuff for free but there is also a lot that costs money.  That’s one of the reasons I got permission and started using all these resources at work.    

 Plato is Born

Still, the on‑line search costs are why I tried to build up my own research capabilities.  I use a page‑feeder scanner and OCR software to read in books and other texts to add to the info databases that I can search.  There is a used bookstore near me that sells books dirt-cheap or will take trades for other stuff (non‑books).  This makes it possible for me to buy a book, rip it apart and feed it into the page‑feed scanner.  Then I can throw the book away.  Since I never, ever let anyone else use the database and never quote directly out of the texts, its not a copyright violation.   

400 CD‑ROMs, 90 (14 inch) laser disks, 250 or so tapes and perhaps 5000 disks of compressed (zipped) text files gives me immediate access to my own database of about 500 gigabytes of text or about 500 million pages.  Some of this has line pictures but most of it is just pure text because the OCR software does not translate the images – just the text.  That is a loss but if I think the image is important, I scan it and save it on a disk.  Add to this on‑line access to about 3500 databases, including some I can get to at work, containing perhaps 50,000 times as much as I have, and you get some idea of how powerful my search capability can be.  I call my search program, “Plato”.   

 Concept Searches: With Plato, I am able to input a search “concept” instead of a search “syntax”.  It will automatically cross‑reference and expand the search into related subjects based on parameters I set.  It took a long time to learn hour to phrase my search syntax but I usually get back just the data I want.  Plato saves the search paths, resources and references in a bibliography format if I need to refer to the source.   

When you think about it, it is all pretty simple and commonly used techniques used in lots of commercially available software.  The search of compressed (zipped) text data is done real well by Lotus Magellan.   Lots of search software is available but I found a mix of GOPHER and FOLIO VIEWS with some added fuzzy logic and thesaurus lookup techniques that I enhanced after seeing some spell checkers that looked up words phonetically and with missing letters.  The interfacing was simply a matter of finding hooks in other programs or putting front‑ends on them to get them to talk to each other.  If all else fails, I just use a script file and/or keyboard macro in a BAT or BIN file to simulate the manual typing in and reading out of text.  That always works.  Linking Information Resources: 

There are lots of programs that can search one database or a selected set of data sources.  All I did was add a few extra features (script and macro files) to make it move from one reference to another, to quantify the validity of the data and added some interfacing software that I wrote to make other programs, that already do parts of this, work together.   Using some of the research techniques and capabilities that Plato allows, I have been able to identify some very interesting linkages and cross‑references to concepts that may be of interest to people in this forum.  I have also been able to fairly easily dismiss some of the quackery and screwballs that sometimes frequent these idea exchanges.   

 And Then What?

I am a serious and scientific researcher and I am not interested in some of the nuts and liars that grab scientific or technical words at random and make up their own versions of reality.  On the other hand, I consider the majority of science to be somewhat boring.  I may not KNOW everything but I don’t need to if I can find out what I need to know in only a few minutes on the computer.  Besides, even if the answer to any question is right there on the screen, I still have to read it and after awhile, that mounts up to a lot of reading.   

It’s like having a dictionary.  Anytime you wanted to know what a word means you’d look it up, but most people wouldn’t sit around all day looking up words just for fun.  Now imagine the same thing with a very good set of encyclopedias.    There would be a lot more information but after awhile, just knowing that you can find it would be enough.  Now imagine a set of encyclopedias that contains 87 billion, 500 million pages of text!  That’s how big my dictionary is.  Ok so its not really that big but we are talking about the size of hundreds of libraries. The one advantage that I think I have over many people is that I believe that the answer to most of our questions are out there somewhere.  Many people don’t even think to ask if they really believe that the answer is not available.  Let me give you an example.  I worked as a part-time consultant to government contractors for a while and I often dealt with clients that were preparing a proposal for a contract.  When I tell them that I can get detailed information about what their other competitors are doing, most think I can’t or it would be done by illegal means.  I can and it’s legal.  I can, in many cases get not only what the competitors are going to bid but their cost structures and their past performance.  I can even get the salaries of the people doing the bidding.  After awhile, my clients start asking me to get information that it would never occur to them to ask for before I came on the scene.   

 Monotony: Getting back to that incredible large dictionary, it might be fun to look up stuff for a while but pretty soon you would stop looking up random subjects and try to find some real challenges.  I got to that point about 4 years ago, shortly after I finished the prototype for my first PC based search software.  I have expanded its capabilities as new databases became available.  The addition of the scanner to read in hardcopy text was a big improvement.  I was able to select books in topic areas I wanted or to fill in gaps in coverage.    The scanner(s) has been going, on average, at about 2‑4 hours a day for the last several years.   

 The Hawking Incident

As I added new data, it was fun for a few days to search for some incredibly minuscule detail.  Or to try out a fuzzy search and chase down some concept.  I particularly liked writing to Steven Hawking and telling him I thought I had determined the size of the universe.  He was very polite when he said, “I know!”.   

That incident was one of many where I began following a trail of information that made me believe I had “uncovered” some new idea or concept that “I” had not heard before only to find out that upon deeper research, it has already been discovered.  With all this information, it is a very humbling thought to realize that someone out there knows at least some part of all of it.   I guess there is something to be said for being able to consolidate and cross‑reference all of this information and focus it down for a single person.  It has the net effect of allowing me to ask questions that lead me into areas that I would never have known to follow into.   

It is very useful to integrate across scientific study areas.  For instance, medical people seem to know very little about electronics or physics and vise versa.  The result is that scientists in each field limit their view of the world by only seeing it from their own field of study.  Only in the last few years has there begun to be a cross mixing.  Things like a tiny pill made of SMD (surface‑mount devices) that a patient swallows.  The pill has a sensor array and a transmitter that sends data to a receiver outside the body.    The term non‑invasive gets redefined.   It seemed like ages before they began to introduce virtual reality to medical systems and robotics and yet it seemed to me to be a perfectly natural mix.   I felt that as soon as a movie like TRON was made, that it would be only a matter of time before robotics, animation and computer graphics would be combined into a 3‑D viewer but it seems that it is just now catching on.   

But What Has this all got to do with you?

Now it is at this point that I must chose a topic to discuss with people of this forum.  I enjoy almost any intellectual discussion from religion to cosmology to the human potential but I prefer a topic that is perhaps a little further out than most of these and that mixes a lot of hard-core science and math with some logic and speculation.   

I am very curious about the fringes of science.  The areas where conventional science is afraid or unwilling to conduct real research but that has an unusual following of “believers”.    _____________________________________________________________ So, Dennis, what do you think? 

___________________________________________________ 2007 Update: 

In the late 1990’s, I updated Plato with a modern windows GUI interface and OOPs OCX files and modules.  I expanded into a Dbase DBMS engine and SQL interfaces.  I was able to multiplex multiple modems using some ISP software so I could use multiple lines of input.  Later, I extended this to multiple computers on a TCP/IP network using broadband.  It still relied on macros and keyboard simulators to interface with other commercial and proprietary software but its parallel operations equated to massive procession power. I have continued to make use of a lot of web sites and online services that I can access as a result of my government work and that gives me a huge increase over simple web searches.  I also have improved the bi-directional translation capability so I can tap into databases created in other countries. 

I have also since expanded its ability to search for themes, concepts and related ideas while improving its ability to quantify the relevance of those findings.  It still takes hours to resolve most of my searches but I let it work overnight and sometimes over the weekend to find and resolve my searches.   The end result is a very useful tool that I find helpful but, as noted above, it is not perfect and still falls far short of the human mind. 

Welcome to 21st Century Science…Fiction?

Welcome to the world of near fiction or perhaps it is near science.  The best stories have always been those that are true but maybe not totally true – We readily accept this idea in writings like historical novels and movies like docu-dramas.  So why not in science?   The following stories are true or not – only you can decide but don’t be too quick to judge until you check it out.  By that, I mean, use the web to see if you can find “anything” in these stories that is not based on real or possible science.  You might be surprised.